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Oilseed Rape

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  • Assessing variety performance under different crop management systems
  • Disease inoculated and controlled environment trials
  • Customised trials to suit your requirements e.g. multiplication
  • Crop nutrition and agronomy studies
  • Crop Variety evaluation and demonstration trials
  • Agrochemical efficacy, registration, screening, residue and demonstration trials
  • Seed treatment/seed dressing trials



  • Well established regional trial centres providing a range of geographical and environmental situations
  • Extensive database of UK farmers/growers willing to host NIAB trials
  • Specialist and standard equipment, Combines, Swathers and Mengele
  • BASIS and FACTS qualified members of staff
  • Field, glasshouse and controlled environment facilities


Crop capability

- Oilseed Rape - Sunflowers
- Linseed - Hemp
- Crambe - Flax
- Soya - Borage


Service Support

  • Trials are supported by NIAB’s scientific laboratory and research services
  • Seed handling services; treatment and packeting of seed for trials
  • Oils, Glucosinolate and Dry matter determination
  • Evaluation and characterisation of germplasm
  • Produce quality analysis
  • Data handling and statistical analysis
  • Training courses provided by crop experts
  • Market influence, through publications, press releases and demonstrations